Psychologists define Imposter Syndrome as “a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalise their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud” and is a common trait of many creatives.
The syndrome is particularly prevalent with the combination of over-achievement with highly creative people. In an article by Creative Review, they suggest that “the irony of Imposter Syndrome is that the more successful you get, the more acutely you feel you’ve pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes.” But went on to propose that the fear of being found out could actually be a great motivator.
Here are five strategies that you can adopt to deal with this in the inevitable moment of vulnerability.
Ignore the voices
The familiar ‘little voice’ that is always telling you that ‘you’re not good enough’, simply identify who’s voice it is and diminish its power!
Take the pressure off by keeping a better outlook and stay open to learning.
It’s not all about you
Imposter syndrome is introspective by nature, but you need to be aware of the signal that you are sending out. You have the power to influence those around you and this will help to build your self-esteem.
You have taken advantage of the right opportunities and you have worked hard to get where you are, don’t forget this.
Learn from your mistakes
Embrace failure. “If you want more success, you have to be prepared to shrug off more failure” and what you can learn from it can be invaluable!
Accept the talented creative you are and when your imposterism starts to creep in, recognise that you are stepping out of your comfort zone and pushing your own, personal boundries.
Default Blue is a creative marketing and design agency and we’re blessed with a team of exceptionally talented creative individuals who have all had their own moments of self-doubt and can take inspiration from the strategies within this article.